NEW YORK (AP) – Vardan Gregorian, a well-known scientific and philanthropic leader who has run the Carnegie Corporation in New York since 1997, died Thursday after being hospitalized with a stomach ache. He was 87 years old.
“The corporation has lost its dedicated, indefatigable leader – the champion of education, immigration, international peace, security, the heir to the estate of Andrew Carnegie,” the humanitarian group wrote in a statement on its website on Friday. “We, his colleagues, have lost an educator, an inspiration և, for many, a very dear friend.”
Iranian Parents Born in Tabriz to Armenian parents, Gregorian arrived in the United States in 1956 to study history and the humanities at Stanford University, although he had only a limited command of English.
His quest to understand the relationship between the individual and society began there, a pursuit that continued when he headed the New York Public Library, Brown University, and the Carnegie Corporation. In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
“I know it was a cliché to say ‘only in America,’ but in my case it is the truth,” Gregorian said in a 2006 speech at Stanford. “I’m still convinced that while America is not perfect, it is still perfect.”
Author of “Home way to home. My life and times; Islam. Mosaic, non-monolithic “և” Afghanistan The emergence of modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946 “. Gregory is hailed worldwide as a historian and philanthropist. He has received awards from the governments of France, Italy, Austria, and Portugal, as well as numerous honorary degrees, including from Brown, Dartmouth, the Illiard School, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of St. Andrews.
“We will remember him the most for his tremendous intellect, thoughtful generosity, witty, knowledgeable sense of humor, his extraordinary ability to inspire and challenge each of us to do our best to put the Corporation’s mission above all else. Said Thomas H., a former governor of New Jersey, chairman of the Carnegie Corporation Board of Trustees. Kin: “He was a man of the world who inspired the world.”
Grigoryan’s experience with American immigrants also inspired his life’s work. In 1986, he was part of the Ellis Island Order of Honor, which included Muhammad Ali, Walter Cronkitt, and Donald Trump. Trump.
“America invested in me, saw me as a citizen,” Gregorian wrote in 2018, paying tribute to July 4 for Carnegie Corporation. “It’s a debt I can never pay off in full, no matter how hard I try.”
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames Grigoryan for rebuilding the city.
“After the September 11 terrorist attacks, he came to me and said that something had to be done to save the city’s arts and cultural organizations,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “It was the beginning of a collaboration between the Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Carnegie Foundation, which would lead to many other collaborations, including most recently the effort he led to support the city’s arts, culture and social services organizations during the epidemic.”
Gregorian was “the perfect link, a link in each of us, from the past to the future,” said Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.
“As an immigrant, like Andrew Carnegie before him, Vartan understood what America saw with the outside eye. “As a passionate student-teacher, he was passionate about the power of educational transformation,” Walker said. “Together, all this, moreover, shaped his history, his career, his legacy, helped him shape the world for the better.”
Grigoryan is survived by his sons, Vahe Gregoryan, and his wife, Cindy Bilharts Gregorian, from Kansas City, Missouri; Raffi Gregorian from New York; և Dareh Gregorian և his wife, Maggie Haberman Gregorian, from Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by five grandchildren: Juan, Maximus, Sophie, Miri և Dashiel, a sister from Massachusetts, and an Iranian sister, Ojik Arakelyan.
Clar Russell Gregorian, his 58-year-old wife, died in 2018 after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.